The 4 Best Albums of January 2018

Nick J.D Hodgson – Tell Your Friends:tell-your-friends

A brilliant debut album from ex-Kaiser Chief and songwriter extraordinaire Nick J.D. Hodgson, ‘Tell Your Friends’ was one of the best musical moments in January.

Best 3: Suitable, Honest Face, Tomorrow I Love You

 

 

 

semicircleThe Go! Team – Semicircle:

Semicircle is a joyous, experimental and all around brilliant comeback album from The Go! Team, who deliver brilliant, positive tracks as always.

Best 3: Mayday, Semicircle Song, Plans Are Like A Dream U Organise

 

 

 

Image result for django django marble skiesDjango Django – Marble Skies:

The third album from Django Django is the group at their best, making infectious synth driven tracks like the almost unstoppable ‘Tic Tac Toe’ and simpler, slowly shifting cuts like ‘Fountains’.

Best 3: Tic Tac Toe, Surface To Air ft. Self Esteem, Fountains

 

 

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First Aid Kit – Ruins: The long anticipated return of the Swedish sisters First Aid Kit was well worth it, with the duo coming back with another great album full of tight harmonies and dreamy melodies.

Best 3: Rebel Heart, Fireworks, Postcard

 

 

 

You can listen to the ‘Best 3’ from each of these albums on my new ‘Best Threes’ playlist, featured below.

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The 17 Best Music Videos of 2017

The 17 music videos below are my favourites from the year in no particular order!

Stormzy – Blinded By Your Grace pt. 2

A really heartwarming video that highlights the positive message that flows through the track; showing real community spirit and people coming together through the power of song.

Django Django – Tic Tac Toe

A fun, stop motiony video from Django Django, showing just how far some people will go for a cup of tea. Worth it though.    Directed by  John Maclean

Gorillaz – Garage Palace

A brilliant arcade inspired visualiser from Gorillaz filled with easter eggs for fans of the band for the intense Little Simz collaboration ‘Garage Palace’  Directed by Noah Harris

Sunflower Bean – I Was A Fool

In this brilliantly directed video, Sunflower Bean play at a classic American school dance. Directed by Andy DeLuca

Glass Animals – Agnes

Dave from Glass Animals is in a big centrifuge singing the most emotional song from their 2016 album ‘How To Be A Human Being’ Directed By Eoin Glaister

Tayla – Coming Back Around

Tayla gets chucked around in a very nice car in this fun video for the insanely catchy ‘Coming Back Around’ Directed by Xiphi 

Alvvays – In Undertow

Alvvays get spacey in this dreamy video that perfectly captures the mood of the track. Directed by Joe Garrity

The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming

This retro inspired video is relatively simple, but really effective – matching the mood and tone of the song perfectly. Daft Punk look really cool in capes too. Directed by Warren Fu

Dua Lipa – New Rules

This brilliantly choreographed and shot video surely helped to propel this track to #1 for two weeks earlier this year. Directed by Henry Scholfield

Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz

This beautifully animated video signalled the return of Gorillaz after 7 years, with Saturnz Barz being the first single from their latest album, Humanz. Directed by Jamie Hewlett

Kendrick Lamar – Humble

One of the best directed videos of the year, Humble features one incredible shot after the other, all perfectly fitting in with the track, which is a banger.

Father John Misty – Total Entertainment Forever

This bizzare but brilliant video starts Macaulay Culkin as Kurt Cobain.

 

Paramore – Told You So

Paramore have had a great year, with After Laughter being their best album in a long time. ‘Told You So’ was my favourite track from that album, and it comes with this great video.  Directed by Zac Farro and Aaron Joseph

Lorde – Green Light

This year Lorde finally made a comeback after her 2013 debut Pure Heroine. ‘Green Light’ instantly became one of the biggest tracks of the year when it was released, and the accompanying video was bursting with energy. Directed by Grant Singer

Dutch Uncles – Oh Yeah

‘Oh Yeah’ by Dutch Uncles is an upbeat track full of hope, and this fun, roller based video is a real treat. Duncan can move. Directed by Nick Middleton

The Big Moon – Sucker

The Big Moon go all western in this funny, really well directed video for their great single ‘Sucker’. Directed by Louis Bhose

Wolf Alice – Beautifully Unconventional

Wolf Alice go all old school in this great video for Beautifully Unconventional. Directed by Stephen Agnew

Everything Everything’s 10 Best So Far

Today marks the 10th birthday of Manchester art-pop lads Everything Everything. Fresh off the back of their latest album ‘A Fever Dream’ – let’s have a look at their 10 best tracks so far. (In alphabetical order)

Blast Doors

With it’s almost rapped verses and with great harmonies on the chorus, Blast Doors is EE running at full speed.

Cough Cough

Featuring some of the best drums in any song ever, Cough Cough is the pounding first track on Arc.

Desire

The second single taken from ‘A Fever Dream’ proves that EE can still make catchy choruses with a sense of urgency about them after a decade.

Distant Past

The lead single from 3rd album Get to Heaven, Distant Past was a vibrant insight into what the following album would bring. What a banger.

Duet

Duet shows off the versatility of Everything Everything. An emotional, developing track backed with strings was one of the standouts on Arc.

Final Form

Final Form is far the band’s most emotional track, really showing off Jonothan Higgs’ vocals.

My Kz, Ur Bf

An example of what EE do best, My Kz is a weird one but still has an amazingly infectious melody.

No Reptiles

“It’s alright to feel like a fat child in a pushchair old enough to run, old enough to fire a gun.”

Photoshop Handsome

Photoshop Handsome was the breakout hit for Everything Everything, it’s witty lyrics and 8-bit sounding synths still standing up to their recent releases.

Schoolin

Another early single from Man Alive, Schoolin stands out as one of the strongest from that album, especially with its annoyingly catchy whistle.

Listen to everything by Everything Everything below:

Tramlines 2017 Picks

Tramlines 2017 is just around the corner, and with so many acts to choose from, here are a few of my acts you would be silly to miss this summer in Sheff. Buy tickets here.

Friday
Kano (8:45pm Devonshire Green)

Off the back of his recent Mercury nominated album ‘Made in The Manor’, Grime legend Kano is my pick of the headline acts on Friday.

Twin Atlantic (7pm Main Stage)

Glaswegian rock band Twin Atlantic are sure to get the main stage going on Friday night, with big hit ‘Heart and Soul’ bound to be a crowd pleaser.

Saturday

Primal Scream (8:45pm Main Stage)

Scottish indie legends Primal Scream headline the main stage on Saturday, and with such big hits as ‘Rocks’ and ‘Movin on Up’ as well as material from their latest few albums, Bobby and co. will be one of the highlights of Tramlines 2017.

Estrons  (4:45pm Devonshire Green)

Having caught Estrons live a few times now, I know that the Welsh indie rockers are one of the most energetic acts out there.

Spring King (6pm Devonshire Green)

Spring King are a great live act, with drummer and lead singer Tarek always impressive to see. Tracks like ‘The Summer’ and ‘Who Are You’ are sure to be festival highlights.

Sunday

The Big Moon  (6:15pm Devonshire Green)

Having just released their brilliant debut album ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’, The Big Moon’s stellar indie sounds are not to be missed.

Metronomy (7:45pm Main Stage)

Metronomy headline Sunday night on the main stage, and their electro-indie hits are not to be passed on; big hits like ‘The Bay’ and ‘The Look’ as well as great new tracks from ‘Summer ’08’ will make this a great closer to the festival.

Loyle Carner (4:45pm Main Stage)

Loyle Carner impressed with his Debut album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’, with his sharp wit and genuine character coming through in his verses. ‘NO CD’ is a banger.

Here’s a playlist of the best tracks from each of these artists:

 

5/5/17 New Release Roundup

Singles

Paramore – Told You So: This is the second single to be taken from Paramore’s upcoming ‘After Laughter’ album, and it is another great, poppy track with a great performance from Hayley on vocals. Shaping up to be a very promising album. 87%

Get Inuit – All My Friends: ‘All My Friends’ is an upbeat sounding single from Get Inuit, but the lyrics are far from happy. 75%

LCD Soundsystem – Call The Police: A great, but long, progressive comeback single from James Murphy and co. Despite being over 7 minutes long, the track manages to be engaging all the way through. 73%

Harry StylesSweet Creature: This is the second single from Harry’s debut, self titled album. Compared to first single ‘Sign of The Times’ this is a bit disappointing and dull, sounding like every other acoustic ballad out there. 50%

Haim – Want You Back: The first officially released single from Haim’s upcoming second album and it’s very very poppy, sounding like a cross between Haim’s first album and The 1975. 70%

Niall Horan –  Slow Hands: A change of pace compared to the first single from the Irish one off of One Direction and this track sounds like an Ed Sheeran reject. 20%

Albums/EPs

Blondie – Pollinator: The new album from Blondie is hit and miss. A few of the tracks sound over-produced and like parodies of old Blondie material, where as some tracks like ‘Long Time’ are genuinely fun. 50%       Best Track: Long Time

Lethal Bizzle – You’ll Never Make A Million From Grime EP: A great, fun EP from Lethal Bizzle. Opening track ‘I Win’ with Skepta is a great grime track, and the quality stays up there for the rest of the EP. 80%       Best Track: I Win

Mac Demarco – This Old Dog: Dull. 18%